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Museum Guide for Bogota

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Bogota is a culturally rich city which plays host to more than 40 museums. This guide outlines my top museum picks, and why they should be explored by history and art lovers. There are museums of various themes to discover, from science to contemporary culture, along with colonial art. So if you enjoy exploring the cultural and artistic aspects of the places you travel, Bogota is a great option for you.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Thrifty Traveller

10 Places

4 City Tips

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10 Places

Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)

Speciality Museums

National Museum of Colombia

Speciality Museums

Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogota

Art Museums

Museo de la Independencia Casa del Florero

Historic Sites, Art Museums

Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica

Art Museums

Museo de Arte del Banco de la Republica

Art Museums

Maloka

Science Museums

Museo del Chico

Speciality Museums

Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Bogota

Art Museums

Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis

Gardens, Nature & Wildlife Areas

solodiana's City Tips

  • It's good to download a taxi app which makes catching cabs safe and convenient.
  • Bogota is one of the coldest cities in Colombia, so it's essential to bring warm clothing.
  • Always carry an umbrella with you, as in Bogota it can rain at any moment.
  • On the last Sunday of the month, entrance to many of Bogota's museums is free.
  • Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
    Speciality Museums
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    solodiana Says:

    This is one of the most important museums in Colombia, and is famous the world over; if you like art you should really pay it a visit. There are big golden pieces among its collection, made during pre-Colombian times, as well as many other items representing native Colombian culture.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If you want to snack, go to Pandebono y Café el Dorado, next to the museum (Cl. 16 #5-30) and ask for pandeno, almojabana, or an empanada (and of course a coffee.)
    • Open 9am to 6pm Tuesday to Saturday; 10am to 4pm on Sunday; closed on Monday.
    • Free to enter on Sundays, and a minimal charge during the rest of the week.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 389 things to do in Bogota
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Indeed number 1 to visit 15/10/2018
    • Fantastic! 15/10/2018
    • Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
    Address:
    Carrera 6 No.15-88
    Bogota 110321
    Colombia
    Phone:
    +57 1 3432222
    Price range:
    US$3 - US$3
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 - 16:00
    Tue - Sat
    09:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • National Museum of Colombia
    Speciality Museums
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    solodiana Says:

    This museum represents our history and national heritage. There are 17 rooms where you can explore the various periods of Colombian history, and the building itself is representative of the national architectural style, as it use to be a panopticon. This place is for everyone — you will find history, architecture, and art here, as well as good coffee. Because it is the oldest museum and one of the most important in the country, there are always great temporary exhibitions too.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The restaurant "El Panóptico," which is inside the museum, is highly recommended; ask for "Selva Nevada" ice creams, they have Amazonian fruit flavors.
    • The museum is closed on Mondays.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 389 things to do in Bogota
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice but not so impressive 14/10/2018
    • Using our spare time 27/09/2018
    • National Museum of Colombia
    Address:
    Carrera 7 N. 28-66
    Bogota 110311
    Colombia
    Phone:
    +57 1 3816470
    Other:
  • Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogota
    Art Museums
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    solodiana Says:

    If you want to experience the contemporary art scene in Bogota, you should definitely visit MAMBO. This place has a constant offering of workshops and activities, as well as cinema events. It has permanent and temporary exhibitions featuring both Colombian and international artists.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Open 10am to 6pm Tuesday to Saturday; Sunday 12pm to 4.30pm; closed on Monday.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #70 of 389 things to do in Bogota
    • Funcky and Cute 28/08/2018
    • its ok 22/07/2018
    • Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogota
    Address:
    Calle 2 4 No. 6-00
    Frente al teatro metropol
    Bogota 250040
    Colombia
    Phone:
    +57 1 2833109
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    11:00 - 20:00
    Other:
  • Museo de la Independencia Casa del Florero
    Historic Sites, Art Museums
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    solodiana Says:

    This museum is also known as 'Museum July 20th,' which is Colombian Independence Day. On that date, the famous story of a broken flower vase took place, which triggered the war of independence. This museum's focus is on the history of independence and the building itself also represents an important national architectural style.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The museum is closed on Monday.
    • Explore the surroundings; Plaza de Bolivar is just one block from the museum.
    • Try some typical food at "La Puerta Falsa," a well-known restaurant which is located on the same block as the museum.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #49 of 389 things to do in Bogota
    • Confusing 20/09/2018
    • Worth A visit 09/08/2018
    • Museo de la Independencia Casa del Florero
    Address:
    Carrera 7 No. 11 - 2
    Bogota
    Colombia
    Phone:
    334 415
    Other:
  • Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica
    Art Museums
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    solodiana Says:

    Fernando Botero is one of the most famous Colombian artists, so this museum is a must-visit. In his museum, you will find a large collection of his paintings and sculptures, famously depicting figures in his signature disproportionate style. The house is considered representative of national architectural heritage too, so taking a look over this place is a must.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Visit Luis Angel Arango Library, just in front of the museum; it's the biggest in the country.
    • Open 9am to 7pm Monday to Saturday; 10am to 5pm on Sunday; closed on Tuesday.
    • Entrance is free.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 389 things to do in Bogota
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing space 15/10/2018
    • Private collection is outstanding 15/10/2018
    • Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica
    Address:
    Calle 11 No. 4-41
    Bogota 250051
    Colombia
    Phone:
    +57 1 3431316
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 - 17:00
    Mon
    09:00 - 19:00
    Wed - Sat
    09:00 - 19:00
    Other:
  • Museo de Arte del Banco de la Republica
    Art Museums
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    solodiana Says:

    This place is recommended not only for its great art collection, but also for its ongoing activities and workshops, with samples from all of the arts — from music to paintings. The museum store is also very nice, and you will find good souvenirs here. This is one museum that local people visit too, due to its interesting, temporary exhibitions.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The museum is closed on Tuesday.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 389 things to do in Bogota
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice but not so impressed as Botero next door 11/10/2018
    • Botero Extra! 27/08/2018
    • Museo de Arte del Banco de la Republica
    Address:
    Calle 11 No. 4-21
    Bogota
    Colombia
    Phone:
    +57 1 3431316
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 - 17:00
    Mon
    09:00 - 19:00
    Wed - Sat
    09:00 - 19:00
    Other:
  • Maloka
    Science Museums
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    solodiana Says:

    Maloka is a nice place to go with kids; a unique, interactive science museum in Bogota. There is a 3D Cinema and nine rooms where you can find different exhibits relating to technology, physics and chemistry, as well as the history of the city. If you are traveling as a family, this is the place for you.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Check out the cinema schedule, there is always something interesting to watch.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #57 of 389 things to do in Bogota
    • Pay attention while paying for your entrance 13/04/2018
    • Magic place 21/05/2017
    • Maloka
    Address:
    Carrera 68D No. 40A-51
    Bogota
    Colombia
    Phone:
    +57 1 4272707
    Hours:
    Tue - Fri
    08:00 - 17:00
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 - 19:00
    Other:
  • Museo del Chico
    Speciality Museums
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    solodiana Says:

    Originally known as 'Hacienda El Chico,' located to the north of the city in the heart of the modern capital, this house was donated by Mercedes Sierra de Perez, a well-known millionaire from the 50s. The museum exhibits the house's original furnishings, while its garden is a nice park, with a big playground, great for kids.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The park makes a nice setting for a picnic.
    • Recommended for families as the park is great for kids.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #47 of 389 things to do in Bogota
    • Pesadilla Argentina 16/09/2018
    • A very nice museum 01/09/2018
    • Museo del Chico
    Address:
    Carrera 7 no 93-01
    Mercedes Sierra de Perez
    Bogota 11001000
    Colombia
    Phone:
    623-1066 .ext.221
    Other:
  • Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Bogota
    Art Museums
    solodiana Says:

    This is a relatively unknown museum in Bogota due to its location - a neighborhood called Minuto de Dios which is not frequented much by tourists. It's a great place however, and is a past winner of the prize for National Architecture for its building design. This museum displays works by new Colombian artists, and contains both national and international artwork from the 60s to the modern day. The collection grows every day too, as its part of the Google Art Project, meaning there's always something new to see.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm; Saturday and the last Sunday of every month 10am to 4pm.
    • Take the Transmilenio bus service to get here. (Try to go early in the morning, it's much better to avoid the traffic.)
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #155 of 389 things to do in Bogota
    • Nice museum a bit off the beaten path 12/03/2016
    • Puede ser mejor 03/08/2017
    • Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Bogota
    Address:
    Carrera 82a - 81
    Plaza de Banderas - Barrio Minuto de Dios
    Bogota 110851
    Colombia
    Phone:
    +57 1 2525890
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    09:00 - 18:00
    Sat
    10:00 - 16:00
    Other:
  • Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis
    Gardens, Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    solodiana Says:

    This place could make your visit to Bogota even more special. The Botanic Garden is a good place to explore Colombian flora; you will experience different environments that are representative of the different types of weather conditions found in this varied country. It's a peaceful place too, even though it's in the middle of the city, and is away from the tourist area, which is great if you want to feel like a local.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Lots of activities are on offer here such as yoga in the mornings. Check the calendar online.
    • Open Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm; weekends and holidays 9am to 5pm.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 389 things to do in Bogota
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Green space not so well curated 14/10/2018
    • An amazing and lovely garden! 19/09/2018
    • Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis
    Address:
    Calle 63 No 68-95
    Bogota
    Colombia
    Phone:
    4377060
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    08:00 - 17:00
    Sat - Sun
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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